Lightning Ridge Attractions

The Black Opal is reason enough for visiting the Ridge, but it does not end there... there are attractions aplenty from Outback theatre, underground sculptures, bore baths, galleries, jewellers and unique people (just to name a few). Take a step back in time, or try your luck fossicking, whatever your taste, there is something to tickle everyone's fancy. The magnificent Lightning Ridge Black Opal is certainly well worth visiting the Ridge for, but it does not end there... there are attractions aplenty from Outback theatre, underground sculptures, bore baths, galleries, jewellers and unique people (just to name a few).

Take a step back in time, or try your luck fossicking, whatever your taste, there is something to tickle everyone's fancy.

The magnificent Lightning Ridge Black Opal is certainly well worth visiting the Ridge for, but it does not end there... there are attractions aplenty from underground sculptures, bore baths, galleries, jewellers and unique people (just to name a few).

Lightning Ridge has a large variety of attractions to suit all needs. For those interested in purchasing Opals, many of the Lightning Ridge 'Attractions' listed below sell Opals. For specialty shops dealing with Opal purchases, please refer to our 'Opal Shopping' section.

Amigo's Castle

 
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 Red Car Door Tour - Between doors 9 and 10 (access off Black Prince Drive)

Heritage Listed!

A life's passion...  this amazing hand-built castle was a labour of love from 1981 to 2001. It is one of the most famous and televised attractions in Lightning Ridge, most recently featured on Better Homes and Gardens.

Amigo's was single handedly built by an Italian born man who skilled himself in construction, and lifted every stone into place with the aid of 44 gallon drums and wooden planks.

The castle also features an art gallery by self taught artist Anita, who also takes the time to tell Amigo's story to visitors.

(Please note there are no dugouts or underground tours at Amigo's)

Opening Hours: Most days between 9am - 5pm

Contact Anita 0475 691 632

 

Artesian Bore Baths

 
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Phone: 02 6829 1670 - Pandora Street, Lightning Ridge

A trip to the Ridge would not be complete without a visit to the free Artesian Bore Baths. At the end of a hard day fossicking and exploring, there is nothing quite as therapeutic as a long soak in the naturally heated thermal baths. Allow the water to soothe your aches while you gaze at the starry night sky and enjoy the serenity. Bliss!

Opening Hours: Open all the time except between 10am - 12noon Monday to Friday for cleaning 

Cost: Free

 

Australian Opal Centre

 
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11 Morilla Street, Lightning Ridge

Meet a life-like dinosaur face to face! Examine rare opalised fossils from long ago, when dinosaurs and other wonderous creatures lived in streams, billabongs and mighty pine forests at the place we now call Lightning Ridge. Learn about Australian opal, opal mining and pioneering life on the opal fields.

Opening Hours: 1pm - 5pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 9am - 1pm Tuesday. 9am - 5pm Saturday, or by appointment.

Features: Lifelike dinosaur, opalised fossil collection, opal information, books, posters, postcards, toys, gifts and treasures from the Earth.

For more details and pricing, please go to their Website

 

Bevan's Black Opal & Cactus Nursery

 
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Blue Car Door Tour, Lightning Ridge

Said to be the largest display of old and rare cactus in the southern hemisphere, this garden is a labour of love and well worth a look! Meet the only black opal mining cactus farmers in the world!

Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm 7 days

For more details and pricing, please go to their Website

 

Big Opal - Underground Mine Tour

 
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3 Mile Road, Lightning Ridge 

Visit a genuine working Opal mine. First licenced opal mine open to the public in Lightning Ridge.

Hours: From 9:00am 7 days

Features: Opal mine, free entry to above ground opal and souvenir shop, fossicking, and DVD of opal history featuring Lightning Ridge. 

For more details and pricing, please go to their Website

 

Bottle House

 
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Phone: 02 6829 0618 -  Opal Street, Lightning Ridge

A unique structure and an intriguing example of innovative architecture.

Originally a miner's camp, the Bottle House now houses an astonishing collection of artefacts and other items of interest.

Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm 7 days

Features: Friendly service and souvenirs.

 

Chambers of the Black Hand

 
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3 Mile Road, 5klms up opposite yellow car door 7

You'll be amazed... The Egyptian chamber has humorous hieroglyphics and is a replica of an Egyptian tomb. Atlas holds the world while Adam supports the roof of the entrance to the working mine - another feature of the tour. The Last Supper which took six months to complete and the pondering Nostradamus, which took five hours to carve, are depicted in magnificent detail and is testimony to the razor sharp skill and patience of Ron.

Opening Hours: Daily Tours at 10.10am and 2.40pm - Rolling Tours daily from 9.30am - 12noon and 3pm - 4.30pm

Features: Guided Underground Mine Tours

For more details and pricing, please go to their Website

 

Coopers Cottage

 
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Morilla Street, Lightning Ridge

Coopers Cottage is an authentic abode of the early miner, built in 1916. Its historical setting embraces the living conditions of the mining pioneer.

Cost: Free entry to one of the oldest houses in The Ridge

Opening hours: 11am to 5pm 7 days a week.

 

Fossicking Heap

 
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Phone: 02 6829 1670 - Visitor Information Centre, Lightning Ridge

Whether you are old hat or it is your first time - there is nothing more exciting than that first bit of colour appearing beneath your fingertips as you scratch through the seemingly endless piles of white opal dirt. Good Luck!

Opening Hours: Daylight to Dusk

Cost: Free

 

Kangaroo Hill Complex

 
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Top of Opal Street, Lightning Ridge

A life of collection has led to this quirky Lightning ridge icon. A fabulous display of rocks, minerals, shells, bottles and antiques will have you captivated for hours as will the freefossicking heap outside.

Features: 1 hour free fossicking, rocks and mineral display, shells, bottles and antique display, souvenirs

Opening Hours: 10am - 4pm except Sundays (Closed Christmas Day)

For more details and pricing, please go to their Website

 

Historical Society & Heritage Cottage

 
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Phone: 0419 639 120 - Morilla Street, Lightning Ridge

Features: Local history, books and souvenirs 1932 Miners' cottage and 1915 Cottage Hospital Gallery. Historical displays books and crafts.

Cost: Donations accepted

Opening Hours: open 3 days a week (Tuesday,Wednesday & Friday 10am-4pm), or by appointment, phone for details

 

Olympic Pool and Water Theme Park

 
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Gem Street, Lightning Ridge

The 5 Star Olympic Pool and Water Theme Park operates during the summer months. The Olympic Pool is handy for keeping fit and the Water Themepark for keeping the kids entertained.    

Opening Hours Olympic Pool: Monday - Sunday 11am - 6pm (Open November - April)

Opening Hours Theme Park: Monday - Friday 3pm - 6pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am - 6pm

For more details and pricing, please go to their Website

 

Walk in Mine

 
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Bald Hill Road, Lightning Ridge

At the Walk In Mine you will be able to take a trip underground and experience for yourself an Opal Mine, view a fascinating film of the many Lightning Ridge characters and their lifestyles at the 'Ridge'.

Enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee in our picnic area and try your hand at fossicking for your own opal.

Come and meet us and visit our Showroom for your Opal/Jewellery or souvenir of Lightning Ridge at the best prices.

All Day Self-Guided Tours, No Bookings Necessary

Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm Daily

Features: Underground Mine, Mining Operations, Opal and Mining Information Talk, Video and Jewellery Showroom

For more details and pricing, please go to their Website